7 Things You Need to Do Before Painting Interiors
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Published by TOP4 Team
Painting the interiors of a home is a simple and straightforward process, making it a popular DIY project among many property owners.
However, simple and straightforward does not necessarily guarantee the best results. Whether you are painting the room you are converting into a nursery or you want to give your home's interiors a quick and easy makeover, here are a few things that can make painting easier.
Before painting the interiors, you should remove furniture and other items from the room. This will facilitate easy movement and prevent unnecessary damage to your furniture. Consider moving these into an empty room or rent a storage container until you have finished painting. If any of these is not possible, simply move the furniture to the middle of the room and make sure that you cover them all properly in order to prevent the paint from staining them.
Mind the flooring
It is not enough to put a few pieces of old newspaper on top of the flooring or carpets. Instead of newspapers or even plastic sheeting, consider using either a canvas drop cloth or a butyl-backed cloth. Either of the two can provide ample protection against spills and won't shift beneath your feet.
Remove wall decor
Some homeowners think that they can save time and effort by painting around paintings and wall clocks. The truth is that painting around wall decor can be time-consuming. Plus, you risk damaging these. Before painting, remove these, wrap these in bubble wrap, and store these in a safe place.
Clean the walls first
It may seem counterintuitive to clean the walls that are going to be painted over. However, cleaning the walls before applying a fresh coat of paint ensures a clean and uniform finish. Often, substances that are left on the wall can affect the consistency of the paint, and consequently, the end result. In cleaning walls, use water and mild detergent. For tough stains and mildew, you can mix bleach with triosium phosphate. After cleaning the walls, use fans to dry the walls quicker.
Remove outlet covers
Like wall decor, outlet covers and switch plates should be removed before painting. Otherwise, there will be visible brush strokes or smudged paint on the outlet cover. Remove the outlet cover, switch plates, and use a childproof cover for the actual outlet. If you are going to paint the ceiling, remove the light fixtures and medallions.
Use masking tape
Use masking tape to cover mouldings, trims, baseboards and windowsills. This may be a time-consuming task, but this can ensure better results and prevent smeared paint.
Create a staging area
Creating a staging area in the centre of the room or an area just outside of it offers a few benefits. First, you and the people who are going to help you out will know where all the materials are. Second, spills will be contained in just one area. This makes cleanup easier. Third, a staging area can help you finish the job faster.
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